A Case of Functionally Based Rehabilitation Following a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Traditional neurological rehabilitation has typically taken an impairment-based or service-based approach. In this model, discipline-specific assessments and treatment goals are organized around specific patient limitations, and generalization of skills is frequently a separate stage of rehabilitation or an assumed outcome of treatment. As Hartley (1995)  described, traditional treatment approaches ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 1998
A Case of Functionally Based Rehabilitation Following a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
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  • Kathleen Ralph Cazzato
    Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital, New Pathways Center for Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Redondo Beach, CA
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Article   |   May 01, 1998
A Case of Functionally Based Rehabilitation Following a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, May 1998, Vol. 8, 3-8. doi:10.1044/nnsld8.2.3-a
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, May 1998, Vol. 8, 3-8. doi:10.1044/nnsld8.2.3-a
Traditional neurological rehabilitation has typically taken an impairment-based or service-based approach. In this model, discipline-specific assessments and treatment goals are organized around specific patient limitations, and generalization of skills is frequently a separate stage of rehabilitation or an assumed outcome of treatment. As Hartley (1995)  described, traditional treatment approaches focused on isolating linguistic skills and measuring the presence and severity of deficits in component processes (e.g., comprehension of spoken language). Treatment goals were designed to reduce the deficiencies observed in these component processes. Termination of treatment depended more on performance within defined skill areas than on performance in functional settings. This is in contrast to recent approaches that are more interdisciplinary and functionally based.
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